Blondee® Apple

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A superior early yellow apple. This sweet, crunchy fruit features smooth skin and bruise-resistant flesh. Occasionally blushed on exposed areas. Holds several months in storage. Good for eating fresh or in desserts. Discovered in 1998 in Ohio. Ripens mid- to late-August/early September. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below. May be covered by USPP #19,007 or other patents. McLaughlin cultivar.

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Bloom Color Red, White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Mid To Late August/early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Crunchy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
The harder and more crisp apples make better pies
Karen Q on Sep 3, 2020
Needed a companion for granny smith
Paul P on May 8, 2020
The harder and more crisp apples make better pies
Karen Q on Sep 3, 2020
as a pollinator
BRIAN C on May 11, 2020
Needed a companion for granny smith
Paul P on May 8, 2020
I need a good pollinator.
Michael M on May 2, 2020
great price on sale! and it seems like a good variety to expand my orchard.
Ashley G on May 24, 2019
To enjoy at our up north home
MaryJo P on May 15, 2019
I choose this apple because it reminded me of my Michigan apple farm I grew up on and the yellow delicious apples my Dad planted with the sweet flavor only a yellow delicious can provide.
Jeffrey P on May 11, 2019
trying to establish a new homestead
Lynda G on May 2, 2019
This is a type of apple that I do not currently have. I want to see how it will do in my mountain top orchard.
Eddie G on Feb 18, 2019
Our daughter (ag grad student at Penn State) brought us some samples. Liked the flavor and the size (not too big).
John C on Oct 29, 2017
Son wants green apples
Ed A on May 11, 2016
My wife's favorite apple. We stumbled on this variety during a yearly excursion to our "local" apple orchard in Ellijay, GA and she fell in love. I am hoping that it does well on our land.
Daniel S on Apr 1, 2016
early ripen
Vivian D on Mar 26, 2016
as a pollinator
BRIAN C on May 11, 2020
I need a good pollinator.
Michael M on May 2, 2020
what root stock does this Blondee scion come on?
Adam O on Mar 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have no way of knowing. The only people who will know is the person do
did the grafting.
I will say the Blondee I planted in spring of 2018 is doing fine. This will be
it's third year and I expect to have a few apples this year. I have a semi dwarf.
I have a yellow apple from Starks, tag # 12644. What variety is it?
Jan C on Oct 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is a Q&A forum for product questions: I'm sorry, but we don't have access to orders and customer information here. If you would kindly call Customer Support at 800.325.4180, email or visit and start a chat, they will be able to address this and find out from your order history what variety you have.
I am interested in purchasing a blondie apple tree. I have two apple trees already...a winecrisp and a honeycrisp. will that be enough for the pollination of this blondie apple tree?
April H on Apr 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: OK if they are located within 50 ft of each other. Keep in mind it might take 2-3 years for a bare root tree to blossom
is there a red sweet apple which will pollinate with blondie?
cindy b on Nov 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Blondee can be pollinated with a Cortland and Liberty.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Hi! Is Blondee possible combination for pollination with Zestar?
EllenL on Jun 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, these two will cross-pollinate.

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we have apple already and it been only 1 year.all trees order are growing an strong.
June 18, 2017
over 4 years ago
Not sure
Nether one lived probably my fault? Vary hot and dry last summer. I have bought a lot of plants from them , this is the first to die. Great store.
June 10, 2019
over 2 years ago
Ez start
The tree came in nice and green with some small leaves, I didn’t plant it right away I placed by a window for about 3 days so the leaves can get use to the sun. It’s been 3 weeks in the ground and it’s doing good. I hope it’ll come back next year only because some tress only grow the first year.
June 7, 2020
Love this tree
Planted on hunting property for deer and wildlife in zone 6. While digging hole it filled with water, was worried about root rot, but nothing happened. Planted in hard clay, standing water, with about 4" of loam soil. Turned out great, had to deep water once a week in dry summer. Had great growth and seemed to adapt to conditions. I would advise to mulch for dry hot summer months, water is critical. Can't wait for spring to see what they do this year. Definitely recommend buying from Starks again.
December 9, 2020
1 year ago